Kim Jong Kook Vs Choo Sung Hoon: Runningman

Since the regular cast members of Running Man have the best variety skills, it's hard to find celebrities who can easily match their timing, connection, and all-around game-playing abilities. That said, there have been some stand-out guests that can play with them really well.

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Here are the đứng top 10 male guests from Running Man!

#10. Cha Tae Hyun


Cha Tae Hyun with Kim Jong Kook when they were younger. Along with Jang Hyuk, they are known as the rồng Brothers. They've been best friends for a long time và their chemistry shows on screen.

Appearances on Running Man


10, 57-58


Every interaction with Kim Jong Kook.His guest appearance with song Ji Hyo where he “forced” Running Man members lớn help him complete his mission.

What Makes Him a Great Guest

Cha Tae Hyun is one of Kim Jong Kook’s best friends. Along with Jang Hyuk, they are known as the rồng brothers. He's also great friends with the guys on the show including Haha and Kang Gary. That's why his appearances on the show are so funny—it feels lượt thích you are hanging out with a group of friends who have known each other since they were kids. Since they know each other so well, they can turn every situation into something funny.

Cha Tae Hyun knows how to play with this. He “abuses” his familiarity with the cast và does all sorts of silly things, forcing his teammates lớn focus on winning while he takes care of the comedy.

Cha Tae Hyun's Background và Career

Cha Tae Hyun is a South Korean actor & singer best-known internationally for his roles in the hit comedies My Sassy Girl (2001), Scandal Makers (2008), and Hello Ghost (2010).

My Sassy Girl 2 is set khổng lồ be released in 2015, and in 2014 he starred in the movie Slow Video. He is also starring in an upcoming kdrama, The Producer, set to lớn be released in May 2015.

He's also been a cast member on the variety show 2 Days & 1 Night since 2013, where he's had the chance to lớn hone his variety show skills.


After 13 years of dating, he & actress Eun-suk Choi married. They were high school sweethearts và she was his first & only girlfriend.

Cha Tae-hyn at Music Camp


Lee Dong Wook takes a selfie during their filming break. Notice the two kids at the back, as sweet as ever.

Appearances on Running Man


133-134, 136


Nametag-tearing round where he not only had to lớn tear off nametags, but he also had to lớn look for a clue lớn bring in Kim Jong Kook.Finishing more than 15 pieces of (whatever it was they were eating) to win a sword in a competition with Yoo Jae Suk.

Why He’s a Great Guest

He gives the trò chơi his all & holds nothing back, including his grandmother’s kitchen sink.In the Asian Tour, he ended up entering almost every room on all the floors they were using for the game just khổng lồ find the clue. He was sweating lượt thích crazy & running around chasing people lượt thích a nine-year-old hell-bent on winning. It was too bad that in the end he couldn’t get enough help and ended up losing.He left such a big mark on the show that he is still mentioned in many show fan hâm mộ forums to-date.

Lee Dong Wook's Background and Career

Lee Dong Wook is a South Korean actor who is best known for his leading roles in the television dramas My Girl (2005), La Dolce Vita (2008), Scent of a Woman (2011), Hotel King (2014), and Blade Man (2014).

In 2014, he was also featured in the first & second season of the variety show Roommate.


To quell rumors of dating on Roommate, S.E.S. Thành viên Shoo & Lee Dong Wook stopped being friends on the show.

Lee Dong Wook on Late Night Cafeteria


Appearances on Running Man


131, 150


The one-on-one nametag-tearing battle versus Kim Jong Kook.Wrestling with Kim Jong Kook.Taking down Lee Kwang Soo.

Why He’s a Great Guest

Cho Sung Hoon is the strongest guest player khổng lồ have appeared on Running Man. He is a professional MMA athlete. When he appeared on Running Man, everyone was waiting for the big event, his one-on-one with the Commander, Kim Jong Kook & it didn’t disappoint.

Cho Sung Hoon proved that he is a worthy match for RM’s strongest runner. They battled it out for more than five minutes in a clean one-on-one nametag-tearing battle. There was no one else in sight, và no one interrupted. It was a battle of wits và strategy. I dare say it was the best nametag-tearing battle ever seen on Running Man.

Cho Sung Hoon's Background and Career

Cho Sung Hoon (Chu Seong-hoon), also known as Yoshihiro Akiyama, is a South Korean và Japanese mixed martial artist and judoka.

Akiyama is well-known for winning the gold medal at the 2001 Asian Championships for South Korea, & for japan at the 2002 Asian Games.


A fourth-generation Japanese of Korean descent, mang đến Sung Hoon acquired Japanese nationality in 2001.Since 2013, đến Sung Hoon and his family have been featured in the KBS2 reality show, Superman is Back where celebrity dads are left in charge of their kids without their wives.

Cho Sung Hoon Highlight Reel


Appearance on Running Man




Nametag-tearing battle.The entire special powers baseball.

Why They Were Great Guests

It is always nice to see professional athletes visiting Running Man, especially those who turn out to be big fans. They always give it their best & quickly establish rapport with the members. Somehow, having watched Running Man for some time, it makes them feel like they are “part of the family.” They know the banter, the standard jokes, the usual setups, và the characters of each member.

That was all apparent when Choo Shin-soo & Ryu Hyun-jin went on the show. With no opportunity to lớn meet the cast, they sprung into nametag-tearing kích hoạt right away và didn’t hold back at all. They sent chills down everyone’s spine by showing the same competitive spirit they have in their professional games.

Their superpower baseball trò chơi was even more fun. Not knowing what khổng lồ expect, they reacted & played around very well. This was the second episode of Running Man that I watched và it was the episode that got me hooked.

Choo Shin-soo & Ryu Hyun-jin: Backgrounds và Careers

Ryu Hyun-jin

Ryu Hyun-jin is a South Korean baseball player who is currently the starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. After seven seasons with the Hanwha Eagles, Ryu became the first player from the KBO khổng lồ join a MLB team via the posting system. He was also the first South Korean lớn serve as the starting pitcher of a Major League Baseball postseason game.


Left-handed pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin began the năm ngoái MLB with the Dodgers on the disabled danh sách because of a hurt shoulder.

Choo Shin-soo

Choo Shin-soo is a South Korean professional baseball player, currently the outfielder for the Texas Rangers. Formerly, he also played for the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, & Cincinnati Reds.

Choo was selected as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) & Best Pitcher of the 2000 World Junior Baseball Championship when South Korea won the event. After that, Choo signed a $1.35 million contract with the Mariners & started playing in the outfield.


Shin-woo has a calligraphy tattoo on his forearm with the letters "SWMG," which stand for the names of his family members: S from Shin-soo, W from Won mày (his wife), M from Moo-bin (Korean name of his elder son, Alan) and G from Gun-woo (Korean name of his younger son, Aiden).

#6. Nichkhun

Appearances on Running Man


4-5, 19, 40, 50-51, 104


Thailand special when he didn’t know Running Man was going khổng lồ visit his family.

Why He’s a Great Guest

Nichkun is a Running Man veteran. Though he hasn’t been on the show for over a year, he was a regular before that & rightfully so. He is one of the few idols that always gives it his all regardless of the challenge. He tears nametags, strategizes, cooks, and looks for clues as if he were one of the regulars on the show.

The best thing about him is his wit. There are very few people who can be on the same wavelength as Yoo Jae Suk, Haha, Kang Gary và Kim Jong Kook. When Nichkun is on, it feels lượt thích he is one of them. He knows if the guys are setting up for something funny & he is always totally in the joke.

Add to that the fact he’s strong and has great stamina và you’ve got a great player that can even outlast RM.

Nichkhun in Episode 40

Nichkhun's Background and Career

Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul, usually known mononymously as Nichkhun, is a Thai-American singer, model, và actor currently based in South Korea. He sings and raps as a member of 2PM, a six-member South Korean boy band.


Born in Rancho Cucamonga, California to lớn a thai father and fourth generation Thai-Chinese mother, Nichkun moved back to xứ sở của những nụ cười thân thiện with his family when he was two but finished his high school career in California.

Nichkhun in 2pm: Hand's Up

Appearance in Running Man




Train ride with Yoo Jae Suk.His exaggerated ddakji fighting stance.

Why He’s a Great Guest

By the over of this episode, every Running Man member professed their love for cha In Pyo. He was active, funny, & did the impossible by out-talking Yoo Jae Suk.

He did all sorts of funny và silly things that even motivated Yoo Jae Suk to lớn say that he didn’t ask phụ vương In Pyo to vày any of the things he did. He was just improvising.

Right off the bat, he was taunting everyone and running around lớn tear off nametags with complete disregard to lớn who he was facing. He skillfully created great set-ups và hilarious “trash-talking” moments with the cast and other guests before tearing off their nametags. During the ddakji battle he showed his goofy confidence even if he wasn’t that good at it, which made things funnier.

Cha In Pyo Playing Ddakji

Cha In Pyo: Background & Career

Cha In Pyo is a Korean actor who has starred in both movies and television dramas. In 2014, he played General Chun Tae Woong in the series Endless Love on SBS.

On the big screen, he played Mr. Kim in the 2015 movie Seoul Searching, based on the true story of a 1980s government program in Korea that sponsored foreign-born Korean teens lớn spend a summer in Seoul & reconnect with their heritage.

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Cha In Pyo has three children, one son and two daughters, one of whom is adopted.

#4. Jackie Chan

Appearance on Running Man




Getting out of the frame when Haha was taking a selfie with him in the frame.Pressure mat challenge.Being dragged away by Haha and Kang Gary.

Why He’s a Great Guest

Even in Hollywood, Jackie Chan is known for being spontaneous và incredibly honest, which makes for very funny interviews. He brought that spontaneity to lớn Running Man. Having stayed in Korea for two years, Chan understands Hanggul pretty well and speaks some too. Và even though he had to be aided by a translator, it didn’t stop him from creating funny moments.

He was goofy in the pressure mat challenge and quickly learned the cheating ways of Running Man in the headgear challenge. His spontaneity made Running Man feel at ease with him, allowing the cast to bởi things to Jackie Chan that they usually only bởi to each other.

Jackie Chan: Background và Career

Jackie Chan almost needs no introduction. A well-known Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director, producer and singer, Chan is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, & innovative stunts which he typically performs himself. Chan has been acting since the 1960s & has appeared in over 150 films.

In terms of accolades, Chan has received stars on the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars as well as the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A cultural icon in Asia and beyond, Chan has been referenced in various pop songs, cartoons, and đoạn clip games. A little known fact is that Chan is also a Cantopop và Mandopopstar, having released a number of albums and sung many of the theme songs for the films in which he has starred.

His first directed movie 1911 was released in 2011, and he's played the voice of the Monkey in Kung-Fu Panda 1, 2, & 3.


Jackie Chan sustained a near-death fracture to lớn the skull while filming Armour of God.

Jackie Chan - Blooper Reel

Appearances on Running Man


95-97, 152-154


Being host for the day.Confessing his love for Running Man.Setting up IU to lớn get the final win.

Why He’s a Great Guest

Park Ji Sung admitted he wants to lớn be a regular on Running Man & loves the show so much that he shares the episodes with his teammates. In fact, he has brought over some of his friends over to lớn the show.

When he stood in for Yoo Jae Suk as host, he was so good that he surprised the cast. He knew all the drills, from Kang Gary’s bao tay to Haha and Yoo Jae Suk’s fight khổng lồ Lee Kwang Soo’s stupid role.

Park Ji Sung: Career and Background

Park Ji Sung is a South Korean former footballer who currently serves as a club ambassador at Manchester United.

Born in Goheung, Jeollanam-do, Park was the captain of the South Korean national team until he retired from international football. He is one of the most decorated Asian footballers in history with accolades like being the first Asian footballer lớn have won the FIFA Club World Cup. Park can play anywhere across the midfield & is noted for his exceptional fitness level, discipline, work ethic and off-the-ball movement. His remarkable endurance levels and pace earned him the nickname 'Three-Lungs' Park.


To help him gain strength when he was a boy, Park Ji Sung's father fed him frog soup and deer antlers.

#2. Jung Yong Hwa


One-on-one with Kim Jong Kook in a nametag-tearing battle.In his second guest appearance, he single-handedly figured out the clue and saved his team khổng lồ snag the win where the members confirmed that he really is the ace.

Why He’s a Great Guest

He has been on the show so many times that Running Man members don’t even treat him as guest anymore. Furthermore, everyone feels lượt thích he is a regular and he has publicly acknowledged that had he not been so busy with tours and other CNBlue commitments, he would gladly be a permanent part of the show.

RM likes having him on because he is a real ace. He is both strong and intelligent. He’s also great at figuring out how khổng lồ put together clues khổng lồ find the real answer. He knows where to hide and what to vì in those nametag-tearing battles as well as how lớn play around with the cast khổng lồ create funny moments. In fact, he is the first celebrity guest khổng lồ suggest a reverse RM vs guest challenge. He asked the production staff lớn make RM members they are tricking him when he was actually the one doing it actually the one tricking them. He ended up winning the challenge.

He doesn’t care about being an idol & also shares a very close friendship with Kang Gary and Haha off-screen. He is one of the few guests to lớn beat Kim Jong Kook in a one-on-one nametag tearing battle. Afterwards, he kept Kim Jong Kook’s nametag và posted it on Twitter.

Jung Yong-hwa on Episode 17

Jung Yong-hwa: Background & Career

Jung Yong-hwa is a South Korean musician, singer, songwriter, producer and actor. He made his show biz debut as "Kang Shin-woo" in the Korean drama You're Beautiful on October 7, 2009 & played the male lead as "Lee Shin" in the 2011 drama Heartstrings. In addition, Jung is also the leader, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band CNBLUE.

In January 2015, Yong-hwa debuted as a solo artist with the album "One Fine Day" and clinched the No. 1 spot on Billboard's World Albums chart.


In an interview from March 2014, Jung Yong Hwa said that he và Park Shin Hye have never dated even though they are friends.

Jung Yong Hwa's Single "One Fine Day"

Appearances on Running Man


52-53, 69, 118


Final battle versus Yoo Jae Suk. His threat lớn Yoo Jae Suk when Yoo Jae Suk betrayed him.

What Makes Him a Great Guest

Choi Min Soo is to Running Man what Loki was khổng lồ Avengers. He is the one great nemesis that Running Man will always fear. He will always be the great anti-hero that is strong where everyone else is weak. Most important of all, he is darn funny.

He shows Running Man a lot of respect by preparing before going lớn the show. He doesn’t go there và do whatever. Instead, he goes in advance & thinks of the things he wants done khổng lồ create a great show for the audience & give some good laughs. His last appearance was especially impressive as he was able to set up everything khổng lồ combine “fear” and “comedy” in the show. The result is one of the most unforgettable episodes ever where the members felt lượt thích they were on a slasher-cum-comedy film.

Choi Min-Soo on Episode 69

Choi Min Soo: Background & Career

Choi Min Soo was born into one of Korea's most famous acting families, with acting going all the way back khổng lồ his grandfather & grandmother, Jeon Ok, who was known as the "Queen of Tears."

Choi Min Soo has appeared in dozens of films và dramas, though his most recent drama roles were in "Faith: The Great Doctor" & "The Blade và the Petal."

In 2014, he starred in the kdrama Pride và Prejudice on MBC và in 2014, he had a leading role in the film How lớn Steal a Dog.


Choi Min Soo married June Elizabeth Kang in 1993 when she was representing Canada in a Miss Korea pageant.

The Radio Star with Choi Min Soo

More of the Best of Running Man


Laz on May 04, 2020:

This was update on 2020. Why all the guest from way before ep 200 in this list. Is the new guest after ep 200-500 not worth it? Sigh....

Hash on September 04, 2019:

No.1 Gong yoo

ming on July 06, 2019:

choi minho, kim woo bin, gong yoo, lee thanh lịch yeob

assilsaranghe on June 14, 2019:

lee dong wooooooooooow omg!!!!! i love him so much he is the best

yell on January 05, 2019:

For me episode with Gong yoo & Park Hee-speed was the best

Keven on November 29, 2018:

Ryu Seung Soo. The guy fits in well with the cast và he leaves a mark his sense of humour and just an overall offbeat attitude. Probably the most unusual guest of all time.

Irene on June 06, 2018:

You forgot Minho (Shinee)

saintzkarol on March 25, 2018:

i think the episode with Ji chang wook was really funny.

kyumin on March 23, 2018:

choi min soo. Hands down. I enjoyed all his appearances on the show. I wish someday he will come back.

EXO1 on October 02, 2017:

EXO(d.o)!!!!! but also, nichkhun, minho, Jackie Chan, & Park Ji Sung.

Sweety on November 28, 2016:

JUNG YONG HWA... He is the best guest

Sunshine on November 16, 2016:

I agree with your menu but don't forget Choi Minho from Shinee. He is strong và competitive but also funny so i think he matches well with runnig man cast. (Sorry if my english isn't correct)

Jay on October 21, 2016:

Kim woo bin should be here

gracious on September 15, 2016:

Kim woo bin

Noeranann on August 25, 2016:

Nichkhun oppa is the best!

aifg on July 03, 2016:

Yongwha i strongly agree, but where the heck is Seunggi????

Nuri on May 26, 2016:

Ji Jin Hee, Jung Woo Sung, Park Shin Yang, Oh Ji Ho, Yoo Ah In?

sad on March 22, 2016:

woo bin!

anezka on December 22, 2015:

JUNG YONG HWA, hands down, is the best...........he truly is an ace.....he is fun, easy-going, charming, has a great sense of humour, blends well with the cast and is always joking and laughing around......I love his personality -He is brave, strong, sharp, takes on all the challenges with a fighting spirit and gives his 100%......he loves being on the show, và I love watching him.....Yong-hwa is awesome ( and he is great khổng lồ look at).....

eunbaby on October 30, 2015:

I think kim soo roo should be here. He was really good

Jonathan on September 25, 2015:

Where in the world is Lee Seung Gi ???!!!

Rara I will đánh giá this danh sách again at the over of the year. Let's see if he makes it

Rara on July 26, 2015:

I think you should địa chỉ cửa hàng kim woo bin & lee seunggi too. They are so funny và their interaction with the cast is so natural.

nicole christy on July 01, 2015:

kim woo binnnnn

Fairlane Raymundo (author) from Los Angeles, CA on April 30, 2015:

philip, i will update the menu tomorrow. It's been some time. Many guests have come on the show

philip on April 30, 2015:

I think Ji Jin Hee deserves a spot here. He is quite strong & he is one of the smartest guest in running man. He also gives his all & he seems khổng lồ get along well with running man members.

yongjovi on April 14, 2015:

The one and only...Yonghwa..He's not only brave, he blends great with the cast of running man và you can tell that for him more then a compromise it's a pleasure to lớn go to this show because it's pretty obvious that he enjoys every second of the games & he is always in a good mood no matter if he wins or lose, he always give the best of himself và that is something that as spectator I really appreciate.

spritekulit on April 14, 2015:

thank you for bringing back our ace yonghwa on episode 242 will be looking forward on his next appearance again

misho sy on April 14, 2015:

Of course Yong hwa oppa

MD on April 14, 2015:

Jung Yonghwa the best

soe you nandar on February 20, 2015:

I want Yong hwa oppa to lớn become running man member♡love you oppa

lmn on December 22, 2014:

i love lee dong work!

Madi on December 07, 2014:

Ryu Seungsoo needs lớn be added khổng lồ this list. He was one of the funniest guests they've ever had, and the best part about that, is that is was unexpected.

vboice on October 15, 2014:

Jung Yonghwa ♥ Daebak

can't say :( on September 12, 2014:

WOO BIN although he hasn't been in that many episodes i still love him

An on August 16, 2014:

I love Choi MinSoo like A LOT BUT hmestly speaking? Yonghwa is the best guest.

eRna on June 29, 2014:

I lượt thích Oh Ji Ho, I think he gave his best effort too in the episode which he became the guest star then,especially when he approved khổng lồ fool Kim Jong Kook at the train station,it was so funny,,,

Marissa on June 14, 2014:

Jung yonghwa is real..I vote for him as 8 thành viên of my dream..hehe

Marissa on June 14, 2014:

No other than cnblue leader Jung yonghwa..he's the best..fighting.

Emma on May 03, 2014:

Ok but Kim Sooro definitely belongs on this list. He's easily one of the best.

Anne on February 14, 2014:

Yes Yonghwa is really an ace, I can't wait him and Members of CN xanh next guesting.